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New local channel on D* - can we get it dropped?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by wilbur_the_goose, Sep 7, 2012.

  1. Sep 7, 2012 #1 of 25

    wilbur_the_goose Hall Of Fame

    Aug 16, 2006
    Ughh - D* just added WACP (channel 4) from Atlantic City, NJ to the Philly DMA. What a crock - this "channel" has nothing but infomercials 24x7. No local programming, nothing to improve the common good, nothing good at all. And they use channel 4 because it fits so well in the 3-6-10-12... channel lineup here.

    At one time, stations needed to demonstrate some sort of civil responsibility. How can a "channel" like this exist, and even worse, how can D* be forced to carry this garbage?
  2. Sep 7, 2012 #2 of 25

    Hoosier205 Active Member

    Sep 3, 2007
    You would be hard pressed to find a DMA in the country without a channel like that. Why do you care? Just don't watch it. It isn't preventing the existence of another channel.

    FYI - WACP was still under construction in June. They don't have a network affiliation yet, but was purchased for $3.8 million. Patience...
  3. Sep 7, 2012 #3 of 25

    maartena Hall Of Fame

    Nov 1, 2010
    If it is a channel showing *ONLY* infomercials, chances are likely they actually *PAY* DirecTV for carriage. Which would be good for everyone's bill.

    And what Hoosier said. Los Angeles has like 35 or so local channels (14 of which in HD which is impressive), and at least 3 or 4 show infomercials all the time.
  4. Sep 7, 2012 #4 of 25

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    I can happily say I have none of these here at all. But there are a lot of them.
  5. Sep 7, 2012 #5 of 25

    HoTat2 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 16, 2005
    The numbers for the LA market on DIRECTV are presently 44 total local channels of which 16 are HD and 2 in MPEG-4 SD. ;)
  6. Sep 7, 2012 #6 of 25

    Hoosier205 Active Member

    Sep 3, 2007
  7. Sep 7, 2012 #7 of 25

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    I am in Columbia Maryland. No full time full power infomercial stations.
  8. Sep 7, 2012 #8 of 25

    jdspencer Hall Of Fame

    Nov 7, 2003
    I don't know about getting it dropped, but you could remove it from your favorites list.
  9. Sep 7, 2012 #9 of 25

    PrinceLH New Member

    Feb 18, 2003
    Consider yourself lucky. We have a DMA, that only has CBS, ABC, FOX, PBS, CW and an import of NBC. We only have one of these stations, with local news.
  10. Alan Gordon

    Alan Gordon Chancellor

    Jun 7, 2004
    Dawson, Georgia
    I am in the Albany, GA DMA. It's a smaller market, so it makes sense, but no full-time infomercial stations either.

    Personally, I don't see why one would care about a channel BEING carried. Delete it from your Favorites list...

  11. n3vino

    n3vino Godfather

    Oct 2, 2011
    Here in S.A., we have these HD locals. CBS, ABC, Fox, PBS, CW, and NBC. Still waiting for ION E HD. They have the same programing as the local ION. That's how UNIVISION HD spanish network is handled here too. They show the same thing as the local Univision station.

    I leave the channels I don't like, out of my favorites list. It really is no big deal.
  12. Carl Spock

    Carl Spock Superfly

    Sep 3, 2004
    Do you get mad at junk mail or just throw it away?
  13. Barmat

    Barmat Godfather

    Aug 26, 2006
    Sounds like some one doesn't like free speech.

    In this country money=free speech, so this channel is all about free speech.
  14. PrinceLH

    PrinceLH New Member

    Feb 18, 2003
    Free speech.....what a novel idea. I wonder where it went. It doesn't seem to hold the same weight, as it did before the 1970's. Seems like there's been a covert way of silencing and squelching decent happening, for the last 40 years.
  15. myselfalso

    myselfalso Godfather

    Jan 25, 2006
    The Harrisburg, PA DMA doesn't have any locals that are 24-7 infomercial.
  16. maartena

    maartena Hall Of Fame

    Nov 1, 2010
    Oops. I must have miscounted in my guide :)
  17. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    Turn on OTA and then start counting! Its out of control. If you count sub channels we may have more channels OTA than Directv has in all their channels combined!
  18. fleckrj

    fleckrj Icon

    Sep 4, 2009
    Cary, NC
    My current NBC affiliate started out showing Super Mario Brothers cartoons in the morning and Home Shopping Network the rest of the day. I did not even know it existed until it was announced that they were going to be the new NBC affiliate, and the old NBC affiliate was going to be the UPN affiliate (and now, My Network TV).

    One never knows what a channel that is only showing infomercials might be showing next month or next year.
  19. paulman182

    paulman182 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 4, 2006
    One might consider providing product information to people who might want to buy the products as providing a service, however useless it seems to you.

    I'm sure the owner and employees of the station and advertisers, as well as the customers who purchase the products, consider it so.
  20. lokar

    lokar Icon

    Oct 7, 2006
    The FCC is a joke and has always served their corporate masters. The rule about stations needing to serve the public interest started vanishing when infomercials were first allowed on stations using public airwaves. I am surprised the rules about having a certain amount of kids programming has lasted this long, I expect it will be overturned soon, just like how the first hour of prime time network programming used to be known as the family hour and was supposed to be for all ages. Now it's indistinguishable from any other hour.

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